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Eight Trigrams Sealing Style [1]
Four Symbols Seal
Kanji 八卦の封印式
Rōmaji Hakke no Fūin Shiki
Literal English Eight Trigrams Sealing Style
English TV Eight Sign Seal
Other Eight Trigram Divination Seal Spell Formula[2]
Manga Chapter #1
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Movie Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Classification Fūinjutsu
Class Supplementary
Range Short-range
Other jutsu
Parent jutsu
Derived jutsu
Torii Seal

The Eight Trigrams Sealing Style, is a fūinjutsu devised by the Uzumaki clan and consists of two Four Symbols Seals.


This technique was used by Minato Namikaze to help Naruto Uzumaki access the chakra of the tailed beast sealed within him. To perform the technique, the user must first summon a ceremonial throne and place the target on it.[3] The seal was not automatically visible on Naruto's belly, but became perceptible whenever he drew on Kurama's chakra.[4]


Whenever Naruto and Kurama conversed, it occurred within Naruto's subconscious, which was depicted as a basement of an industrial plant, with pipes running along the ceiling and the floor — the latter of which was flooded by water. On the entrance gate of Kurama's cage, there was a parchment of paper that said "seal" (), which covered the lock that kept the fox in.[5][6] Minato also sealed his and Kushina's remaining chakra into Naruto with this seal. Minato appeared in Naruto's subconscious when Naruto transformed into his eight-tailed form,[7] and restored the seal to its original strength, but he could only do it once.[8] Kushina also appeared and assisted Naruto when he later fought Kurama to control its chakra.[9]

The seal itself would later evolve during Naruto and Kurama's fight,[10] becoming a new, stronger seal that consisted of massive torii that was capable of imprisoning the fox with ease after Naruto separated it from its chakra and merged with his own. The new seal's gate has the same lock as its previous one.[11]


Because the seal itself would naturally weaken over time, Minato, before his death, created the key, on the abdomen of the scroll toad Gerotora, that can either strengthen or completely remove the seal. He gave it to Jiraiya for safekeeping, with an intention to give it to Naruto by the time he would need Kurama's power to fight against Tobi.[12][13][14]


  • In the anime, Orochimaru suited Mecha-Naruto with the sealing technique in order to capture Kurama from Naruto.[15]
  • In the original dub during the his fight against Zabuza, Kakashi, with his limited knowledge of sealing techiques, believed Naruto's entering his initial jinchuriki transformation meant the seal had almost completely broken but this was nowhere near the case.
  • According to Killer B, this seal is higher in quality compared to the Iron Armour Seal.[16]


  1. First Databook, page 216
  2. Naruto Collectible Card Game
  3. Chapter 504, page 7
  4. Chapter 49, page 7
  5. Chapter 95, pages 13-15
  6. Chapter 496, page 11
  7. Chapter 439, page 17
  8. Chapter 440, page 15
  9. Chapter 498, page 8
  10. Chapter 497, pages 2-3
  11. Chapter 499, pages 13-15
  12. Chapter 504, page 9
  13. Chapter 370, pages 7-10
  14. Chapter 489, page 14
  15. Naruto: Shippūuden episode 376
  16. Chapter 496, page 7

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